DIY Spicy Mint Julep Recipe

Few cocktails are more refreshing than the classic mint julep 鈥 but did you know it was also used for medicinal purposes back in the day? Talk about a spoonful of sugar! While I can鈥檛 really claim that any cocktail is truly 鈥渉ealthy,鈥 this version does contain fresh ginger, mint lemon, and agave syrup, which could easily be at home in a healthy smoothie. The traditional mint julep is made with bourbon 鈥 here I鈥檝e swapped bourbon for tequila. Fresh ginger, for all its good qualities, can have quite a spicy kick to it, so tread carefully and only add as much as you can handle. You need to treat the fresh mint leaves with a bit of TLC too. Gently bruise them to release their aromatic oils. Read on for the recipe!

Agave Julep Cocktail ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 5-10 fresh mint leaves; reserve 1 to garnish the drink
  • 2 fluid ounces reposado tequila
  • small piece fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon agave syrup, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 large handfuls fresh ice (or crushed ice)

Instructions:

  1. Put the ice cubes into a blender and blitz until finely crushed. Alternatively, buy a bag of crushed ice.
  2. Peel the ginger and use a box grater to grate it finely.
  3. Squeeze the ginger in your hand to release the juice into a clean glass.
  4. Add the lemon juice and pour in the agave syrup.
  5. Add the mint leaves and gently bruise with a muddling spoon or a clean rolling pin.
  6. Pour in the tequila and stir.
  7. Add enough crushed ice to fill the glass just below the rim and stir again.
  8. Thread a mint leaf through a cocktail stick to garnish, and add a straw. Happy sipping!
Agave Julep Cocktail

Put the ice cubes into a blender and blitz until finely crushed. Alternatively, buy a bag of crushed ice. Peel the ginger and use a box grater to grate it finely.

Agave Julep Cocktail

Squeeze the ginger in your hand to release the juice into a clean glass. Add the lemon juice.

Agave Julep Cocktail

Pour in the agave syrup. Add the mint leaves and gently bruise with a muddling spoon or a clean rolling pin.

Agave Mint Julep

Pour in the tequila and stir. Add enough crushed ice to fill the glass just below the rim and stir again.

DIY Spicy Mint Julep Recipe

Thread a mint leaf through a cocktail stick to garnish, and add a straw. Happy sipping!

DIY Spicy Mint Julep Recipe

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